Tuesday, August 28, 2012

As ready as I'll ever be.

You didn't hear it, but I just let out a big sigh of relief because my "to do" list for the week is looking pretty good so far.  This past weekend we took our overnight guests on a gorgeous mountain hike and got "last hike before school" checked off the list. 
 As of today I have officially finished back to school shopping.  (Is anyone else completely overwhelmed by how incredibly expensive it is?)  I just checked off "Stock up on food for kids lunches" and now I'm working on the final things like doctor and dentist apts, getting the kids to clean rooms, and returning all our summer library books.  It doesn't sound like a lot.. but it feels like a crazy week so far!
I don't know about everyone else with 9 year old daughters, but we seem to have before-school morning outfit issues.  Ava isn't very into fashion as she'll tell you... and so consequently tries to wear one thing.  I find myself sending her back into her room to change for variety's sake over and over again.  In hopes of streamlining things for her this year, we did a little fashion show (her idea believe it or not) and weeded through what clothes went with what.  We came up with outfits and accessories that she approved of,  mixing all her old clothes that still fit, along with the few new items we gathered this year, photographed them, and put them into a laminated collage so she could pick one each morning and use it as a guide.

(To be honest, I feel like I need one of these charts.)

I found some other fantastic ideas for streamlining things out there and wanted to share.
 I can't tell you how much I adore this idea.  (I found it on Pinterest and couldn't find the original site)  I'm getting ready to finish our hallway beadboard project next week (beadboard being installed by me, on the opposite side of our guest room space) and I'm going to incorporate this idea into it for my JJ and Ava. (I'll be sure and show you once it's complete.) I just ordered little lowercase letters for them and will be soon creating little cork boards.  Super cute idea and I can't wait to share!
And this idea... well it's fantastic.  I still haven't fully figured out what I want to do about Ava's many hair, jewelry, headband, and other accessories.  But this is a good start.

There are a bunch of great ideas here, from Martha.  Where would we all be without her?  Really.  Let's ask ourselves that.
 I found this on Pinterest... such fun ideas for making first day lunches.  Last year I made these fun lunches and they were a big hit.  I think the biggest hit were the notes I tucked into their lunches through out the year.  You can get yours here.  (Or just make your own.) I like to tuck a fresh supply into my cupboard this time of year so I can pull them out while making lunches whenever I want them.

So here we go... the countdown begins. 


Christina said...

I need one of those charts for my cloths! Ava is one lucky girl to have a mama like you! Wouldn't it be cute to frame some outfit pics in a little girls room and hang them on the wall. I think so at least!

Jessie May said...

So do you not have school uniforms? I think it would get pretty competitive between girls here in England if they could wear their own clothes to school. I'm not aware of any school in my area who do not have a uniform - kind of made it easy for us every morning always knowing what to wear! I like the individual notice board idea, very cute!

Donna said...

She may not be that into fashion but she has a great fashion sense! CUTE outfits...

Anonymous said...

Love the cute floral dress! Do you mind revealing your source?

the domestic fringe said...

Love the fashion show idea for your daughter. I should do that with my daughter.

Barbara said...

My that's a lot of organizing very cute. Hat's off to you!

Kathy Olson said...

That is just THE BEST idea for helping your little girl choose her outfits!!!

carissa at lowercase letters said...

wow - amazing outfit idea!! and she looks cute in everything. if i make a collage is it guaranteed i'll look as cute as her??! pretty please?! it sounds like you are certainly getting it all in order. send some order my way! ; )

Between You and Me said...

you did really good at getting her outfits put together!! She is adorable. tell her I said so.:)

jociegal said...

Wow - those ideas are seriously adorable. Also, speaking of adorable - your daughter!!! Could she be any cuter?? I love the outfits you put together! Good luck with the official first week.

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

We love it too! I actually bought it (get this) at our grocery store!! They have a clothing selection and it grabbed me right away. The name of the store is "Fred Meyer."

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

I can't tell you how jealous I am of that. No, here in the states, you're pretty much on your own unless you go to private school.. even then sometimes they don't do uniforms! But they should... it WOULD make it so much easier!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Very cute idea... I'll have to think on that one! :)

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

You'd look cute in a potato sack girlfriend. I swear, you have the corner on the market of CUTE.

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

I will totally tell her Tara!!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Yes the details are taken care of... but I may suffer great loneliness next week all by my lonesome!! LOL

Anonymous said...

Let Ava know I just love, love, love her outfits for fourth grade! Wowzer you've been busy girl!

Holly said...

The fashion show laminated card is such a great idea! Just think in 20 years she will be able to look back and remember a) how she dressed and b) having a fashion show with you. Too cute!

Tiffini said...

All I know is the morning issues do not go away. Grace is 13 and she models for us every night about 3 to 4 outfits and ask us which one?
And if we say which one..it is never right:)
I suppose we still do that too? at least in our heads.
Maybe moms should start coming out and modeling our outfit ideas for the next day? That would be a big hit I'm sure...lol!
Hang in there..You WILL make it:)

likeschocolate said...

Adorable outfits!

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

ok the link didn't work for the lunch cards..i usually write my own but last year i found cute ones that had inspiration messages....can't do those again...i also found that i will find 5 fun facts about ..... and for that whole week i will put 1 fun fact about that item in their lunch...i found some crazy things from fun facts about foods to states to those marshmallow peeps! #3 child who just started middle school asked if i was going to keep doing lunch notes....haha i thought she was getting too old for it...but thankfully my girls won't ever..it's the boys that get embarrassed!

daisy said...

Such adorable ideas! (Secretly glad though, that we homeschool, so we don't have the mad rush in the morning or the lunch decisions!)
Ava looks just too cute!!!

Anonymous said...

OK could she be any cuter? So darn cute.t Take a picture of your kid's next to a small tree every year at the beginning of school,watch the kids and tree grow!

thepecanlady said...

Ava is so cutsie! Darling outfits! Great ideas for clothes combos, I need one for Sunday mornings! Lol
Most of the schools around here use uniforms, eliminates the clothes delimma.
Cute lunch ideas, too!

Little for a Little While said...

The outfit menu is such a great idea! Love all your organization. Maybe someday when i'm not chasing toddlers around i'll have time to get organized too!

http://www.houseofuniforms.com.au said...

Very cute little one.

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